Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus
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Have you ever tried Hummus? It’s kind of a trendy thing in the food world lately. It originated in the Middle East and is typically used as a dip or spread for pita bread. It’s made from cooked, mashed chic peas and then combined with just a touch of olive oil, garlic and seasonings.  My family and I have been on a Hummus kick as of late. Now, I’m not going to tell you every person in my family has fallen head over hills for the stuff. It is somewhat of an acquired taste. There are small people walking my halls that refuse to look Hummus square in the eyeballs. It’s true. They are really afraid chic peas. Crazy, I know.

That said, I have a couple of kids who ask for it every day after school 🙂  Woo Hoo! We most often dip it in pretzels, pita chips, snap peas and carrots. It’s a great, healthy, filling snack. I most often buy it at Costco, but found myself without any the other day and decided to give a homemade version a try. I used some sun-dried tomatoes and a bunch of Italian seasonings, mostly because that’s what I had around. Hummus is traditionally made with Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste), but I have never seen Tahini in my entire life, hence I did not add it. I suppose you could say this is a very Americanized hummus recipe.

Which would be true.

If you were to say it. 🙂

Let me show you how easy it is to make! Grab some pita chips and find yourself a can of chic peas, won’t you?

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Time: 15 minutes + 1 hour to chill
Yield: 3 cups
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chic peas)
1 (15 ounce) can white kidney beans or great northern beans
3/4 C sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 t granulated garlic
1/2 t thyme
2 T lemon juice, fresh or bottled
1 t Italian seasoning
salt and pepper
dash sugar
2 T olive oil
1/4 C water

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1. Grab a can of garbanzo beans and a can of white kidney beans. Drain the juices from the cans into your sink and rinse the beans off with cold water. Pour them into a food processor or blender.

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2. Roughly chop 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes. You can purchase these in a jar packed with oil, or dried. I had some in my freezer that MyHandsomeHusband dried last fall in our oven, so I used those. Once you have chopped the tomatoes toss them into the blender as well.

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3. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and 1/2 teaspoon thyme.

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4. Squeeze 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half of one lemon)  into the mix.

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4. Add 1 teaspoon italian seasoning, some salt, pepper and a dash of sugar.

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5. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil

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and 1/4 cup of water.

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6. Blend it all up. You may need to turn off the blender and scrape down the sides now and then if the beans are having a hard time getting incorporated.
7. Dip a pretzel or pita chip into it and give it a taste. If it needs a bit more salt or pepper go ahead and add it.
8. Place the hummus in an air tight container and let it hang out in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. When you are ready to serve you can drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top.

Enjoy!

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9 Comments

  1. 1
    Emily Gay
    February 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Hi Jamie!
    I have been looking for a good easy hummus recipe. I was so excited to see this posted today! I love your recipes! Thanks Again! 🙂

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    February 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Actually, you have it right. This is way more authentic Greek-style than hummus with tahini. I learned to make the best hummus working in a Greek restuarant that served this with pita points the way other restaurants give bread baskets. To this day I never use tahini and it is awesome. Glad to see someone else likes hummus this way 🙂

  3. 3
    February 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    When you make it in the summer, try roasting a couple of red bell peppers, removing the charred skin, and adding the pepper flesh to the blender. It’s another variation!
    Susan

  4. 4
    February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Lovely – pinned it!

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    Monica
    February 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I finally found tahini by the peanut butter in the natural foods section of my grocery store. It’s really good and worth the effort of finding it. I love homemade hummus!

  6. 6
    February 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    love homemade hummus; it’s far superior to store brought – I also like to toast a few pinenuts to sprinkle over the top – will try your version very soon, always have the ingredients around

  7. 7
    February 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Jamie,
    This looks so easy, I’m going to try it!!! Another question for you, do you like your Ninja blender?? I saw them and can’t decide if I want to spend the money or not. I have my mother-in-laws Oster blender that’s probably 30 yrs. old. It’s okay, but struggles doing smoothies! Just asking!!!

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    Anne
    February 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

    question are you working on your site ? well i am sure you do all the time but it has not updated since the 15th ? or maybe something weird is happening thanks

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    February 18, 2014 at 9:14 am

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now
    each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.
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